(Reuters) – 4-times Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters plans to return out of retirement after a seven-year hiatus, returning to the WTA Excursion in 2020, the 36-year-old Belgian mentioned on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Belgium’s Kim Clijsters waves to supporters all over an exhibition tennis fit in opposition to Venus Williams in Antwerp to mark Clijsters’ retirement, December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
The verdict marks Clijsters’ 2nd go back to the game after first retiring in 2007.
“I don’t in reality really feel like I wish to end up one thing,” Clijsters mentioned at the WTA Insider Podcast. “I feel for me it’s the problem.
“The affection for the game is clearly nonetheless there. However the query is, am I able to bringing it to a degree the place I’d adore it to be earlier than I play at a prime degree of one of the most highest ladies’s sports activities on the earth.
“I wish to problem myself and I wish to be sturdy once more. That is my marathon.”
Two years after profitable her first main on the 2005 U.S. Open, an injury-plagued Clijsters made up our minds to surrender the sport on the age of 23 to begin a circle of relatives, returning two years later to assert her 2nd U.S. Open as an unranked participant in best her 3rd match again.
Clijsters defended her identify at Flushing Meadows the next 12 months after which gained the Australia Open in 2011 en path to topping the sector ratings for the primary time since 2006.
With 41 titles to her title, Clijsters hung up her racket after the 2012 U.S. Open and later labored as a tennis commentator.
Clijsters mentioned she has been taking into consideration a go back to the excursion for the previous two years.
“I think like I’ve had extra power those final six months or so than I’ve had within the final two years as a result of I’m caring for myself higher,” Clijsters added.
“Despite the fact that I don’t make it, this complete procedure has been so price it for me to get again right into a just right regimen.”
Reporting by means of Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Enhancing by means of David Goodman